Year November 1979
Blue Sera beige interior
Two owners from new
Regular Ferrari servicing
Service book and invoices present
The 1975 Paris and London motor shows saw the debut of the 308 GTB. Built to a design by Pininfarina at the Scaglietti plant, it kept the V8 of the 308 GT4 inside but with dry sump lubrication: this meant a lower engine height and better cooling, thanks to the greater quantity of oil present. The first examples were built with a fiberglass body.
Thirty years have already passed since its debut, but it is surprising to see how the 308 GTB with its Pininfarina-designed bodywork has stood the test of time brilliantly. It looks very beautiful even nowadays and is always able to turn one's eyes away; even people who were not yet born when it was introduced immediately recognize it as a Ferrari.
Until almost the end of the 1960s, Ferraris intended for road use traditionally had a V12 engine. The introduction of the Dino range equipped with V6 engines, which took place at that time, radically changed the situation. The newborn "little Ferrari" was very welcome and generated a new and thriving market made up mainly of younger buyers: during its five years of production it proved to be a great success, despite the oil crisis and the proliferation of restrictive legislation throughout the world. about speed limits. Although the sister car 308 GT4 2 + 2, equipped with a V8 engine, was already available since 1974, the Dino 246 GT found its worthy heir only the following year, when the 308 GTB was introduced in the Ferrari range.
This leads to the 308 GTB which shared the same design scheme of the engine / transmission block, and was also powered by the 3-liter V8 engine. The car was presented to the public during the Paris Motor Show in October 1975 . Although the wedge shape of the bodies was very popular at the time, in the details of the Pininfarina project there were inspirations derived from the Dino 246, such as the recess of the air intakes that already started from the doors, the vertical rear window curved between the two fins and the double rear lights.
It was an immediate success, both with the public and with the specialized press; this car and the subsequent V8 models that derived from it will form the backbone of Ferrari production for thirty years. The 308 GTB marked another preview in the history of Ferrari's road construction, as it was the first to be built with a fiberglass body. This type of construction was replaced by more traditional steel and aluminum panels towards the end of 1976, for cars destined for the American market, and, in the first half of 1977, on cars made for the European market. A version with a “Targa” type roof, called 308 GTS, joined the GTB at the end of 1977; the car was easily distinguished by the removable roof panel, covered in black vinyl, and by the grilles, also black, located behind the 2 door windows.
Less evident, but perhaps more important, was the difference in the lubrication system of the engines which on the GTB model (excluding the cars produced for the American market from the MY 78) was equipped with a recovery pump (dry sump) while the GTS installed the same powertrain as the 308 GT4.
The Lancia V8 engine was further developed and was also installed on the 1957 801 F1 single-seater; in the meantime, with that V8, racing cars for the sports category were also born, such as the 248 SP and the 268 SP of 1962. In 1964 the company's winning weapons in Formula 1 were the F1 158, with a V8 engine and the F1 512 with 12-cylinder opposed engine: in practice it was the same car on which only the engine configuration varied. In that year, the F1 158 brought John Surtees the Drivers 'World Title, and the combination of the two cars gave Ferrari the conquest of the Constructors' World Championship.
After this experience, the V8 engine disappeared from Ferrari production for almost a decade. The concept was taken up on the first eight-cylinder road car, the 308 GT4 with transverse V8 engine, presented in 1973. The whole engine / transmission unit of this car was inspired by the project already tested with the Dino 246GT and GTS models.